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Old July 10th, 2016, 01:45 PM   #1
 
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Put an AR556 on layaway yesterday, will be picking it up next week. Question is what Ammo brands have owners had the best luck with.



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Old July 10th, 2016, 02:05 PM   #2
 
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For plinkin, I like the cheap Federal 55gr. 100 round boxes that Walmart carries.
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For plinkin, I like the cheap Federal 55gr. 100 round boxes that Walmart carries.
Yup. Start with 55 grain brass cased ammo. The Federal is good, as are American Eagle, PMC, Wolf Gold, to name a few more.

Your rifle should eat up anything, but I'd start with "vanilla" 55 grain fmj first.

Oh, and when you bring it home? Before you even think about going to the range, be sure to throughly clean off all the preservative that Ruger will likely have packed it in. That stuff is NOT a lubricant. Once you get it clean, then lube it with a proper firearms lubricant.

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My Mini and AR like 556 over 223.
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Thumb's up for a bulk can of American Eagle.
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Watch for sales - you can / will save allot. Eagle 556 is on sale often and you can find it as low as 6.49/bx 20. Palmetto has frequent sales but shipping can add considerably. Sportsman guide also has sales. Bass Pro by me is usually about 2.00 or more than Cabelas.

I use anything except steel case....just my thing.

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I like American Eagle, Fiocchi, and PMC X-tac in 5.56. Haven't tried it, but I have seen good reviews for the PMC Bronze in .223.

I've tried a lot of different brands of brass cased ammo and haven't really found a bad one yet.
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For plinkin, I like the cheap Federal 55gr. 100 round boxes that Walmart carries.
Definately, I purchased many of the 100 rd value packs from wally world, shot some, and reloaded them with 40 gr vmax, 52 sierra bthp, 55 vmax, 69 and 77 sierra bthp, and 75 hornady bthp. They are extemely cost effective.

Remember every rifle is different, I have seen 2 identical rifles like 2 different types of ammo. If your looking for the best accuracy, I recommend buying several different types of ammo, weights, makers etc. and self test. I would probably shoot 150 to 300 rounds first before trying the accuracy testing to let the rifle wear in.
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My AR556 eats EVERYTHING! I've shot brass and steel case, Tulammo,PMC,Federal,MAN,Remington and Winchester.
Like Ditto said, clean ALL that goop out of your rifle before you shoot it, I think that 99% of the "problems" people have with their rifles is because they don't clean them thoroughly before shooting them.
I think you're going to love that new AR556.
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Thanks guys for the info.
And any gun I buy new or used gets a complete tear down and cleaning before shooting.
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I have only ran American Eagle 556 through mine and have not had any problems.
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Right after I brought my AR556 home I went to SGAmmo.com and bought American Eagle, Independence, Winchester, PMC 55gr. in .556 and Remington 50gr. JHP, Hornady 55gr. in .223. First outing went thru them all without one hiccup. By the way. highly recommend SGAmmo.com.
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Thanks guys for the info.
And any gun I buy new or used gets a complete tear down and cleaning before shooting.
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Check Freedom Munitions for their 556/223 offerings. Best time to order is when they have a sale or free shipping.
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I've been using Wolf Gold without any problems.. I just bought some bulk PMC bronze. I *think* it's the same a Wolf Gold. Even the boxes are the same except the names.
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